I don't know. We have seen a pauze before a couple of years ago and he came back. Maybe he just wants a breather.
I doubt Seagal has accumulated enough wealth to retire comfortly.
And @theeverlasting, I think there are more chances he can get on the big screen again with other big budget films.
Perhaps not as the main star, but a bad guy or 'sidekick' to the main star. (some role like in Executive Decision (but the a bit more extended please) of Machete). Or start with a few guest appearances on TV-shows.
It will take a tremendous effort on his part to chase after a good role. He needs to drop his ego and demands, make some effort in shaping up a bit and such.
And if he has retired, I don't think the movie industry/audience will shed a tear at this point.
I doubt we'll see any more releases from Steven this year (if at all?)
Personally, I think he's done with headlining films nowadays? The budgets seem to getting lower and lower (plus I don't think neither he, or Steamroller have the time or inclination to secure funding anymore?) Nowadays he seems more content to attend seminars and partake in Russian envoy duties (which are probably in all likelihood, more profitable for him?)
At very least during the mid 2000's, you could keep tally of his DTV sales....primarily because they existed on physical media and sold in accordance to charts.
Downloading/streaming has really put a nasty dent in the DTV market (and the 365Flix 'fiasco' didn't help matters either) leading to his last few releases being stuck in distribution limbo (China Salesman, Attrition, etc) and it's unlikely that General Commander will buck this trend (largely due to the fact that it's not exactly a masterpiece, and at best, cobbled together from an aborted TV show)
Half the general public probably assume he's either retired (or dead) and the other half have likely gave up on him (due to more than a few duff releases) leaving it solely to the die-hard fans to prop up his career (and sadly, I don't there's enough of us to warrant or even co- fund the future of these movies anymore...however low the budgets?)
Just a shame he's only accepting supporting roles in low-budget stuff, instead of looking towards more mainstream releases....he could easily see out his career as a big boss type in some Fast & Furious / Expendable style movie (or something similar?)
The problem (as always) is Seagal.
(not trying to be negative, just realistic)
He has tried television with the likes of General Commander, True Justice and Lawman. None were a success. Maybe the first season of Lawman did quite well, but i think that was mainly as people were curious and it got quite a bit of promotion from A&E.
I honestly don't think he's done I just personally think his next movie will be under seige 3. Well see though
I think seagal's comeback might never happen.
He had his chance with machete.
It did nothing to his career
Actually the premiere of Lawman was the highest rated show that night....He has tried television with the likes of General Commander, True Justice and Lawman. None were a success. Maybe the first season of Lawman did quite well, but i think that was mainly as people were curious and it got quite a bit of promotion from A&E.
Machete did nothing for anybody's career who was in that movie. It was a fun movie, but none of the stars (Don Johnson, Jeff Fahey, Lindsay Lohan, Seagal, Jessica Alba, and so on) has had a career revival due to this movie. So to say Machete was a chance is, in my opinion, highly overrated.